Tai Shimizu

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Creator of the iOS photography apps Gridditor & Filterstorm, the Mac drawing app Inkist, the Mac HDR app Light Compressor, and the experimental web browser Torii.

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Byodo-in/平等院

Byodo-in is a very famous temple compound in Uji, Japan built in 998 CE during the Heian period. It’s featured as the image on the back of the 10 yen coin (basically a dime), and an image of one of the phoenix statues is on the back of the ¥10,000 bill (~$100).

Phoenix Hall — D200 & Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 @ f/8

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures uji byodo in phoenix hall d200 tokina 11 16mm thumb.jpg

The two iconic phoenix statues sit facing each other on either side of the roof. Of course, crows hold national treasures in no particular esteem.

Phoenix & Crow — Nikon S10 P&S

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures uji byodo in phoenix crow nikon S10 thumb.jpg

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with a lot of the photos I got here. The ultra-wide Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 was a good lens to bring, but I need to spend more time with it. I think this photo would have been better if I had gotten lower so that the middle beam of the bridge’s handrail was in the center rather than the top one.

Byodo-in — D200 & Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 @ f/8

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures byodo in bridge nikon d200 tokina 11 16mm f2 8 thumb.jpg

On the other hand, I was very happy with this photo I took that day from my Nikon S10 Point & Shoot which I had brought to cover focal lengths i would miss with the ultra-wide. This shot was from a bridge just outside Byodo-in.

Boat Perch — Nikon S10 P&S ~35–350mm equivalent

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures boat perch nikon s10 thumb.jpg

A couple more photos I didn’t have time to put up yesterday. The first is of some boats lining the Uji river, the second of a side building at byodo-in, rather than the main Phoenix hall.

Boats in Uji — D200 & Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures uji boats nikon d200 tokina 11 16mm f2 8 thumb.jpg

D200 & Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures uji byodo in side nikon d200 tokina 11 16mm f 2 8 thumb.jpg

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That really is a nice shot with the S10, and I agree with you in regards to the previous bridge shot.. it would be worth seeing a shot from a lower vantage. Still, I enjoy your perspective over all these pages.

Posted by Thom Meredith (anon) on 2012-10-13 16:38:55.
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